It’s been a slow news day around here. Nothing momentous to report, nice weather, kids are happy. The Voice entertained us and now we’ve all retreated to our respective night-time corners.
Sometimes the slow days are the best.
I’m feeling lazy and won’t be regaling you with any profound educational thoughts tonight; instead I’ll be posting some profound thoughts from other people.
I like them because they make me think. Whether they remind me to appreciate my life a little more than I do or hold up my own flaws and challenge me to better myself, or just make me smile, they are worth sharing.
Kind of like my own show and tell.
If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.
–Juan Ramon Jimenez, poet, Nobel Prize in literature (1881-1958)
We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
–Stewart I. Udall, politician (1920-2010)
For sleep, riches and health to be truly enjoyed, they must be interrupted.
–Jean Paul Richter, writer (1763-1825)
There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long
been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world
though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly
bright when the night is dark. They light the way for humankind.
–Hannah Senesh, poet, playwright, and paratrooper (1921-1944)
We despise all reverences and all objects of reverence which are outside
the pale of our list of sacred things. And yet, with strange inconsistency,
we are shocked when other people despise and defile the things which are
holy to us. –Mark Twain
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
–Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
–William James, psychologist and philosopher (1842-1910)
When you say that you agree to a thing in principle, you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out.
–Otto von Bismarck, statesman (1815-1898)
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
–Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)
Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.
–Christopher Morley, writer (1890-1957)
What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end, of little consequence.
The only thing of consequence is what we do.
–John Ruskin, author, art critic, and social reformer (1819-1900)
It’s a poor man who can only think of one way to spell a word.